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by Beckmesser
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 27
Views: 479

Re: A loss

That is very sad news, indeed. John Francis was the only member of this forum whom I actually knew in person. Whenever we attended an opera at the Met on Monday nights I always stopped into the library next door (where John served as a volunteer) to say hello and have a brief chat. I will miss his f...
by Beckmesser
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: After Years of False Starts, Geffen Hall Is Being Rebuilt. Really.
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: After Years of False Starts, Geffen Hall Is Being Rebuilt. Really.

The article states that the number of seats will be reduced by approximately 20 percent. I wonder how the Philharmonic plans to compensate for the loss of ticket revenue. Raise ticket prices? Ask donors to dig deeper into their pockets? I assume they have already made these calculations. That aside,...
by Beckmesser
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidents during performance
Replies: 18
Views: 1033

Re: Accidents during performance

Pedals falling off during a concert happens more than you think. One problem is, pianists sometimes really stomp on them and if there is a loose connection or not tight to begin with, off they go. Seems to me I've seen one of these on YouTube happening. I'll try to find it and put on the link here....
by Beckmesser
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidents during performance
Replies: 18
Views: 1033

Re: Accidents during performance

I wonder what other CMGers may have seen in the way of "accidents" at events they attended? I recall a mishap at a performance of Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera in 2008 that could have been very serious for the performer involved. Fortunately he was not seriously injured. Tenor Gary L...
by Beckmesser
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 2715

Re: Debunking Domingo

I wonder if Ms. MacDonald would come to Levine's defense. Probably can't do that on a conservative website.
by Beckmesser
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Jussen Brothers
Replies: 6
Views: 2348

Re: The Jussen Brothers

They appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra this summer at Saratoga. I'm sorry I missed them.

I have enjoyed many of their videos on YouTube.

Lance, you could add them to your list of family musicians.
by Beckmesser
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guardian's The best classical music works of the 21st century
Replies: 14
Views: 7477

Re: Guardian's The best classical music works of the 21st century

I must really be out of touch.

I have "heard of" only nine composers on the list, and aside from John Adams, have probably heard only one work by each.
by Beckmesser
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 9577

Re: Family musicians performing together?

I guess we are not surprised to find multiple members of a family who share musical talent: married couples who met "through work" and their talented offspring (there must be a genetic factor, I suppose). I think it would be really interesting to compile a list of musicians who "came out of nowhere"...
by Beckmesser
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 9577

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Didn't see pianist Claude Frank who performed with his wife, pianist Lillian Kallir, and their daughter, violinist Pamela Frank. Wikipedia reports that violinist Miriam Fried performs with her son, pianist Jonathan Biss.
by Beckmesser
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Secret of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and ‘Falstaff’? His Publisher
Replies: 9
Views: 5805

Re: The Secret of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and ‘Falstaff’? His Publisher

I had no idea that I have Giulio Ricordi to thank for the creation of my two favorite Verdi operas.
by Beckmesser
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Berlin Philharmonic’s Anti-Anti-Maestro
Replies: 17
Views: 6202

Re: The Berlin Philharmonic’s Anti-Anti-Maestro

What I found interesting is that Maestro Petrenko seems disinclined to make recordings unless they are perfect. He wouldn't be the first artist who is reluctant to make recordings but I wonder how the orchestra feels about it. I don't suppose orchestras earn much revenue from recording but it is a w...
by Beckmesser
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buying music (CDs) from Amazon - and taxes!
Replies: 17
Views: 5227

Re: Buying music (CDs) from Amazon - and taxes!

It's not the sales taxes that bother me.

I recently received a shipment from Amazon and three out of four jewel boxes were damaged in some way. The hinge on one box had broken off and so the two pieces no longer fit together.

I wish Amazon would take greater care in packing CDs for shipment.
by Beckmesser
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 23099

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Could this mean that we will never see him at the Met again . . . if Peter Gelb handles this the same way he dealt with L'affaire Levine?
by Beckmesser
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: walkure tanglewood thunderous
Replies: 6
Views: 4222

Re: walkure tanglewood thunderous

I was at Tanglewood last weekend and I thought the performances were terrific. Goerke was in better voice than she was during the Met's Ring Cycle in May, although some high notes come out sounding pinched. Maybe she was well rested before this engagement. Amber Wagner was a standout as Sieglinde. I...
by Beckmesser
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata
Replies: 4
Views: 5394

Re: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata

I'm sure if Alexa had been asked to play Paul McCartney singing "Michelle" she would have had no difficulty finding it. Classical music "nomenclature" is more complicated. I discovered this when I got my first iPod and started "ripping" my CD collection to iTunes. During the process, iTunes typicall...
by Beckmesser
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 6875

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

I'm not quite sure what the implications of this development are for me. I have probably never purchased more than a half dozen "songs" (can we call them tracks?) from iTunes. I did the use the iTunes app on my PC to rip hundreds of my own CDs, which files I then copied to my iPod. I assume I will s...
by Beckmesser
Mon May 06, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A New Wotan Reigns in the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Ring’
Replies: 2
Views: 1635

Re: A New Wotan Reigns in the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Ring’

Well, Mr. Volle's performance sounds like something to look forward to.

Our Ring Cycle starts tonight.
by Beckmesser
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera Flex Subscription!
Replies: 4
Views: 3424

Re: Met Opera Flex Subscription!

I'm not sure that is very different from having a regular subscription. When I renew my subscription I can request exchanges for other performances at no extra charge (in the past it could only be done in late summer and there was a fee for exchanges). Last time I renewed our subscription I requeste...
by Beckmesser
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Opera’s New Season
Replies: 2
Views: 2780

Re: The Met Opera’s New Season

We have been Met subscribers (Monday nights) for many years. I recently learned that the house was going to be dark on many Monday nights this season because more performances were being scheduled for Sunday afternoons. I was surprised to learn yesterday that we still have a subscription, although w...
by Beckmesser
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 11
Views: 6833

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

There's a documentary, too, about Trifonov available through MediciTV and in that program Sergei Babayan talks about "the Triff" and how he has a tendency to look at his hands as he's playing. Babayan was his teacher at Curtis and he tells how Trifonov fanatically tried to change his keyboard watch...
by Beckmesser
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 15469

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

And now for something completely different . . .

by Beckmesser
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas Review
Replies: 6
Views: 3196

Re: Pelleas Review

While I am very fond of Debussy's music I have never been able to appreciate his only opera. The fault, I'm sure, is mine because professional musicians and knowledgeable music lovers hold the work in such high esteem. I'm not exactly sure what my blind spot is, but I think it is the dramatic elemen...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 9592

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

Here's a problem I've been wrestling with. Back in the 1960s my aunt gave our family a set of World Book Encyclopedias that occupies one shelf of a bookcase. A second shelf is filled with the annual supplements. A third shelf is filled with the annual issues summarizing recent scientific development...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 9592

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

Other items that I have in abundance are VHS video cassettes and reels of audio tape. For years I recorded broadcasts of British shows that appeared on our local public television station--adaptations of literary classics, documentaries, comedies, and lots and lots of mysteries. I recently filled si...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 9592

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

My wife and I definitely have too much stuff. I have spent the past several months trying to empty out our house before undertaking a total renovation. Looking back on 35 years in the same residence I can see that we held onto our stuff much too long. I think people have varying "relationships" with...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 5484

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

I was struck by the fact that Andris Nelsons was the busiest conductor of the lot with 121 performances, 30 percent more than the runner-up (Valery Gergiev with 93). It's true that he is music director of two major orchestras, but one has to wonder how he manages it all. He was very active in last s...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera’s ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Bristles With Passion and Danger
Replies: 5
Views: 2953

Re: Met Opera’s ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Bristles With Passion and Danger

I attended the prima on New Year's Eve and, as Tommasini reports, it was an exciting performance. If the Met could field a cast like this one most evenings, they would have no trouble selling more tickets.
by Beckmesser
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Has a Problem: Fans Aren’t Subscribing
Replies: 9
Views: 4654

Re: Opera Has a Problem: Fans Aren’t Subscribing

By an accident of Fate we happen to have tickets for the Met's New Year's Eve gala when the curtain will go up on a new production of Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur starring Anna Netrebko in the title role. They came with our Monday 3 subscription. Looking at my email today, I was surprised to find an o...
by Beckmesser
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 20729

Re: Speculations

Apropos of this discussion, the following article appeared in today's New York Times:

There’s More Religion Than You Think in Bach’s ‘Brandenburgs’
by Beckmesser
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 2450

Re: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist

I just looked up the Wikipedia article on Hanon and discovered this paragraph: Piano students all over the world know of Hanon’s famous training exercises. Both Sergei Rachmaninoff and Josef Lhévinne claimed Hanon to be the secret of why the Russian piano school delivered an explosion of virtuosi in...
by Beckmesser
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 2450

Re: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist

I've read through the Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto a few times and I didn't find it especially difficult. I suppose it had just the right degree of difficulty for the composer's son who was presumably an advanced piano student at the time. Many pianists will recognize that the concerto contain...
by Beckmesser
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Hubay RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 2094

Re: Alfred Hubay RIP

Regarding the "vanishing" audience, I have a theory, but no data to prove it. With World War II there was a large influx of refugees to New York City fleeing from the Nazis. By and large, it was a well-educated and cultured population. They knew and loved classical music and opera in Europe and they...
by Beckmesser
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Hubay RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 2094

Re: Alfred Hubay RIP

After the move, Mr. Hubay relinquished the house manager job . . . and concentrated on the box office. It was a different time; shows and schedules were not announced far in advance as they are today. “We would announce two weeks in advance for individual ticket sales,” he said of the practice he i...
by Beckmesser
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 7744

Re: Which streaming service?

I had planned to pose this question myself, so I'm glad to see that Len has done so. I spoke with a friend recently who said he wondered why he was buying CDs when he can enjoy a lot more music with a streaming service. My friend chose Apple music. I might have considered that option until I read th...
by Beckmesser
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 4887

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

Every now and then I'm blocked from viewing a clip, told that I don't have permission. More often than that, my friends in Sweden can't view a clip that I've seen and sent them the link. Whether these are Content ID in operation or some other system, I don't know. It does suggest that viewers in Eu...
by Beckmesser
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 4887

Does Content ID work for classical music?

A few years ago, a poster on another forum that I follow was complaining about YouTube. It seems his son, a high-school student, had posted a video of himself performing a Beethoven piano sonata. YouTube took it down, claiming that it was a copyrighted performance, presumably owned by a record label...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strange - at Best Buy!
Replies: 13
Views: 6044

Re: Strange - at Best Buy!

Crutchfield is still selling car CD players.
by Beckmesser
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cassettes
Replies: 8
Views: 7411

Re: Cassettes

I'm in the process of cleaning out the acquisitions of 35 years living in the same house, among them the audio and VHS cassettes. I assumed that the best of the audio cassettes have already been issued as CDs and had no qualms about consigning them to the rubbish bin. I never felt any special fondne...
by Beckmesser
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beczala Experiment Performing Arts Library
Replies: 4
Views: 2257

Re: Beczala Experiment Performing Arts Library

What a fascinating experiment-won't listen to it until we get home from nyc because the sound from a tablet is pretty lousy-great that the NYPerforming Arts Library was involved in this! Len https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/arts/music/met-opera-beczala-recording-edison.html?rref=collection%2Fspot...
by Beckmesser
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cosi Coney
Replies: 5
Views: 1931

Re: Cosi Coney

The Met's publicity photo gave me an idea for a game.

Presented with a series of photographs of "modern" (Eurotrash, if you will) opera productions, your challenge would be to identify the operas.

Good luck!!
by Beckmesser
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 22
Views: 8174

Re: Met's new season announced

A friend took this pic, just two minutes prior to the chandeliers going up, at last night's Semiramide with Meade, DeShong, Camarena, and Abdrazakov. https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/28576408_920102101485021_180645991197873950_n.jpg?oh=dd0f32ce6bec7ce48e601dcaeabf696c&oe=5B3AFED9 I sus...
by Beckmesser
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 22
Views: 8174

Re: Met's new season announced

I found a fat envelope from the Met in our mailbox this afternoon. It's always a bit of surprise to see which operas make up our subscription for the new season. The only surprise this year is that we have tickets for the New Year's Eve Gala (the prima of a new production of Adriana Lecouvreur with ...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Z Woolfe On Met's Stale Performances
Replies: 6
Views: 1890

Re: Z Woolfe On Met's Stale Performances

I was at the new production of Tosca last night and it was my impression that the audience loved it. I can understand why critics want to see something new or different instead of the "same old, same old" but much of the audience seems to prefer opera as a "museum." John is right in arguing that it'...
by Beckmesser
Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History
Replies: 7
Views: 2371

Re: Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History

John F wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:09 pm
I saw "Tristan und Isolde" with Birgit Nilsson in her house debut
Well, that must have been a night to remember!

I recall reading the "front page" news accounts of her auspicious New York debut.
by Beckmesser
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 5520

Re: Was This Secular Music:

When my wife and I got married in Dwight Chapel at Yale (oh so many years ago) an organist friend of mine in the School of Music supplied the music as his gift to us. Before the ceremony he played Bach's Toccata and Fugue in F Major (which sounded marvelous on the chapel's baroque-style organ). For ...
by Beckmesser
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exterminating Angel HD
Replies: 2
Views: 1373

Re: Exterminating Angel HD

I caught the HD this past Sunday. I was not moved. And judging by the unusually tepid response of the other attendees (the theater was quite full) they weren't either. It's been decades since I saw the Buñuel film on which the opera is based so I can't recall what impression it left on me. Perhaps t...
by Beckmesser
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 5393

Re: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony

Tilson Thomas appears at Tanglewood every few seasons. I hope he will continue those appearances now that he will have more time on his hands.
by Beckmesser
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guide For Exterminating Angel
Replies: 7
Views: 2364

Re: Guide For Exterminating Angel

“sumptuously savage”

“dissonant restlessness”

“pervasive anxiety”

“textures are as clotted as mud pits”

“an astringent harmonic language spiked with thick, piercing chords”

Sounds like the sort of music that would have me rushing for the exit. I think I will pass on it.